Posted by Provost on July 05, 2001 at 17:58:22:
In Reply to: No Fee Rentals posted by New to NY on July 05, 2001 at 15:24:43:
Those "listings" services have a bad reputation, because somethings the listings are just cribbed from the newspaper ads.
If you want a cheap apartment, look in the right neighborhoods (read: not Manhattan). Try the Bronx, or Queens ... lots of 2 family houses with small landlords who don't use brokers.
If you want to live in Manhattan, hire a broker. Interview several brokers then choose one who will work FOR you -- actively seeking out the type of apartments in the price range you seek. That is what you are paying the broker to do.
To get a no-fee apartment, you have to pound the pavement a bit...helps to have a cell phone and just set out early in the morning, checking for-rent signs and making calls. You could also look for NEW apartment buildings, which are usually rented for the first time with new fee. Check the Sunday New York Times for them. Good luck.
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